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San Diego Things to Do: San Diego Restaurants You Must Try!

San Diego is considered ‘America’s Finest City’ known for near perfect weather and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. But San Diego also has some fantastic restaurants! This recent San Diego Travel Blog article, 'San Diego Things to Do: San Diego Restaurants You Must Try!' highlights a few 'can't miss' eateries to choose from.

Written by
Maria Mancuso

In addition to its wonderful weather and perfect beaches, San Diego is also home to many great restaurants in Downtown San Diego, Little Italy and surrounding neighborhoods.  

This San Diego Travel Blog article, 'San Diego Things to Do: San Diego Restaurants You Must Try!' introduces a few of the best bets for the dedicated 'Foodies' among the readers.

1. Broken Yolk
Cuisine: Diner, Breakfast and Brunch
Location: 355 6th Avenue (between K Street and J Street), San Diego, CA 92101. 
Telephone: 619.338.9655
Distance from The Keating: .4 Miles

Who wants breakfast? Broken Yolk has served home-style food to San Diegans and San Diego visitors since 1979 and they do it well. This local-favorite is one of the most popular San Diego Restaurants for breakfast and brunch, filling up hungry guests’ bellies with good, hearty food. After a late night enjoying the San Diego Nightlife, wake up and make your way to Broken Yolk for great service and equally fantastic fare.

Broken Yolk is famous for its large menu, huge portions, and freshly-prepared meals. Order real Shredded Hash Browns with a side of freshly-made salsa and you’ve got a delicious treat at one of the most delightful San Diego Restaurants to eat at downtown.

Interior of Cafe 21 in San Diego
Cafe 21 serves delicious farm to table dishes and refreshing farm to bar drinks!

2. Café 21 
Cuisine: Californian restaurant
Location: 750 5th Avenue (between G Street and F Street), San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619.795.0721
Distance from The Keating: Next door! 

Café 21 welcomes San Diego visitors and residents to come inside, enjoy their perfectly prepared dishes, and you’ll love every bite. Café 21 makes it extremely easy to get your daily quota of healthy fruits and vegetables, and they accomplish this by whipping up extraordinary, homemade dishes created with fresh, organic produce. What’s even better than filling the bellies of hungry guests with tasty life-giving food? How about the fact that Café 21 supports local farmers while doing it?

When you want to cool down after a long day, head to Café 21 for farm-to-bar, refreshing drinks that are infused with organic vodka. Or, sample one of Café 21’s sandwiches on house-made bread with an organic salad as an accompaniment.


Burrito on a white plate with a colorful table cloth
La Puerta envisions itself as a hangout for people who desire a high level of hospitality, while enjoying great Mexican food and drinks at the same time.

3. La Puerta
Cuisine: Mexican
Location: 560 4th Avenue (between Island Avenue and Market Street), San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619.696.3466
Distance from The Keating: 1 Block

Welcome to La Puerta, a fabulous Mexican Restaurant in San Diego’s exciting Gaslamp Quarter. This relaxed Mexican spot offers signature mixed drinks & top shelf Tequila alongside old family recipes and live music after hours. If you’re looking for great tasting Tacos, Tunes, and Tequila, La Puerta is the place! 

La Puerta envisions itself as a hangout for people who desire a high level of hospitality, while enjoying great Mexican food and drinks at the same time. Guests enjoy family-inspired recipes and meals made on the premises each day. The Sinaloa food at La Puerta always utilizes the purest of ingredients, and the specialty drinks are created with premium bases and juices.


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Hash House - Breakfast Defined!

4. Hash House
Cuisine: American Restaurant
Location: 3628 5th Avenue (between Brookes Avenue and Anderson Place), San Diego, CA 92103
Telephone: 619.298.4646
Distance from The Keating: 2.1 Miles

Put this joint on your list!  Hash House is one of the premier breakfast and brunch restaurants in San Diego that delivers farm-fresh produce concocted into fabulous old-style recipes. When you’re looking for some of the best breakfast in San Diego, head to Hash House for an outstanding breakfast entrée or wake up late and do lunch at Hash House within minutes of The Keating Hotel.

Hash House features a fantastic dining experience, complete with the level of excitement and entertainment that many San Diego visitors desire when they’re on vacation. 


5. Lou & Mickey’s
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Location: 224 5th Avenue (between K Street and L Street), San Diego, CA 92101. 
Telephone: 619.237.4900
Distance from The Keating: .4 Miles

Lou & Mickey’s is a fantastic San Diego restaurant that sits in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. This popular eatery serves up some of the best Pasta dinners, Steaks, Ribs and Salads. Enjoy a selection from their extensive Raw Bar or order an exotic drink from their full Bar.

The menu at Lou & Mickey’s features soups, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, and fabulous lunch and dinner entrees. The bar menu offers exotic drinks like a Blue Hawaiian and Planter’s Punch, along with an exquisite Lavender Margarita and a ‘Taboo for Two’ drink infused with Myers’ run and tropical juices.

The atmosphere at Lou & Mickey’s is part restaurant and part cocktail lounge. 


6. Fogo de Chao
Cuisine: Brazilian Steakhouse
Location: 668 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619.338.0500
Distance from The Keating: 1 Block

Fogo de Chao is an amazing Brazilian Steakhouse located in Downtown San Diego. When you’re looking for a unique and tasty alternative to the typical American Steakhouse, stop by Fogo de Chao, located in the exciting Gaslamp Quarter, just blocks from The Keating Hotel.

This upscale Brazilian restaurant offers all-you-can-eat meat carved tableside plus an extensive salad bar with cheeses, salads, fresh fruit and fine carved meats.

You can enjoy an unlimited amount of freshly cooked to perfection, mouth-watering steak, chicken and lamb, all carved tableside.

This San Diego Travel Blog article, is certainly not a complete list of the best San Diego Restaurants, but it is ‘6 San Diego Restaurants that You Must Try.’ During your next visit to San Diego be sure to save some room for some great Tacos, Breakfast, Steaks and Tequila at these fine eateries located close to The Keating Hotel.

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